In Amsterdam, one of the last coal stations Hemweg, which worked on coal, was closed. This is reported by RBC.
The power plant has been operating for 25 years.
The last coal loading took place on December 21, Saturday. And on Monday, December 23, the station officially stopped working. Its closure is connected with the solution of climate problems. The station emitted 3.6 megatons of CO2 per year, which accounted for almost 2% of total emissions in the Netherlands.
Coal is the most polluting fossil fuel, and the Hemweg power plant emitted 3.6 megatons of CO2 per year.
At first it was planned that the station would remain in operation until 2024. However, in the spring of this year, Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy Eric Wiebes announced the closure of the station in order to comply with a court ruling in a case that climate organization Urgenda filed against the state.
The Swedish company Vattenfal, which owns the station, will receive €52.5 million in compensation from the government. In addition to this amount, the government also allocated funds to help workers find another job.
In the Netherlands there are only four coal-fired power plants, which the government also plans to close.
Vattenfal plans to focus on renewable energy.
It was previously reported that France will close the last coal stations until 2022.